How to Address a Captain

How to Address a Captain: USA, USAF, or USMC

Here is how you address official correspondence to a Captain: USA, USAF or USMC.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Captain (Full Name), USA/USAF/USMC
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Captain (surname):

Here is how you address social correspondence (like an invitation or personal note) to a Captain: USA, USAF or USMC.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Captain (Full Name)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Captain (surname),

Above I’ve shown the rank fully spelled out. Each service has service-specific abbreviations for their ranks. For ‘captain’ the USA uses the abbreviation: CPT – all capitals, no period. The USMC and the USAF use the abbreviation: Capt – Cap and lower case, no period. If you want complete information on service-specific abbreviations, refer to my book.

How to Address a Captain, USA, USMC, USAF or USN, USCG

How to Address a Captain: USN or USCG

Here is how you address official correspondence to a Captain: USN or USCG.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Captain (Full Name), USN/USCG
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Captain (surname):

Here is how you address social correspondence (like an invitation or personal note) to a Captain: USN or USCG.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Captain (Full Name)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Captain (surname),

Above I’ve shown the rank fully spelled out. Each service has service-specific abbreviations for the ranks. For the U.S.N. and the U.S.C.G. the abbreviation for captain is CAPT. This abbreviation is routinely used within the services.

How to Address a Captain, USA, USMC, USAF or USN, USCG

How to Address a Captain in the US Army?

My future son-in-law, a West Point grad who is now a Captain in the Army, visited our home last weekend for the first time. I am writing him a thank you note for his thoughtful gift. My question: on the envelope do I write Mr. William Smith or Captain William Smith?  Since this is personal, which title would be correct?
——————– Rennie Hendricks

Dear RH:
—–#1) Armed services personnel are addressed by rank both professionally and socially. He’s always Captain (name) except when you are addressing him on a first-name basis.

—–#2) Since this is personal, use the social form (no branch of service on social correspondence.):

———-Social envelope:
———-—–Captain William Smith
—–———-Address

———-Salutation:
———-—–Dear Captain Smith,

—–But since it is a personal note, you likey can start your note:
—–—–Dear Bill,

– Robert Hickey

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—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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